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Alchemica II by Maylar Alchemica II by Maylar
Another Alchemy book, custom order.

Size: 1.8 x 1.4 cm (0.70 x 0.55 inch). This book saddle-stitched hardcover book, covered in leather. All is done from scratch. Papers are tea-dyed (Earl Grey) , headband and bookmark are hand-weaved.

There's 35 pages+endpapers, covered with 67 drawings of alchemy symbols, decorations and lettering, all done by hand. There are numerous "damages" made on book inside and out, burns, stains, rips, so it would resemble old, used book. Covers are gilded with pva/gold paint method.

You can see the video here:

Hope you like it :)
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to see HOW you do these... they all... and I mean ALL just amaze me. How you work on such a small scale and get things so precise. WOW. :heart:
zombiegirl1358 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
How much would it be, this would make a great present for my brother he loves alchemy
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
With full drawings, 55$ for the real leather/gold one, 45$ for the faux leather/gold paint.
Without drawings (empty book with just covers in the same fashion): 35$ for "real" materials one, 25$ for the "faux" materials one. Whole shipping on me (as with all my customers) and a 5$ discount if you order something else as well.
Just let me know over the notes, if you want one.
svenmarie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I just love this book. The ourobourus on the cover is great! and I admire again how neat and tidy and perfect all your symbols look; it must be difficult to draw on such tiny pages.
Your miniature books are a constant inspiration for me. I want to become a bookbinder myself; I have tought myself the basics, and I'm going to start an apprenticeship at a school for people with disabilities (I'm so happy they offer this not-so-common profession there! Otherwise I wouldn't be able to pursue this). It's going to be hard work, but art like yours always shows me how worthwile this is.
Did you have a bookbinding apprenticeship, did you take courses, or are you self-taught? I bet you had to come up with a lot of the techniques yourself, working at such tiny scales.
Maylar Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
First, thank you, I truly appreciate you like this book! :)

Second, I am incredibly happy for you and wish you the best of luck in this wonderful profession and learning it! Yes, it will be a hard work learning this, but an beautiful, satisfactory one and I'm completely sure you will enjoy it, too.

Third, to answer your question: beside of being a professional artist, my real profession is restorer/conserver of art, specialized in religious icons...In order to learn that, I had to learn calligraphy and through calligraphy I got interested in old texts and books. Then that interest pushed me further into bookbinding and my own curiosity for miniature things, into miniature books.

Lol, a long way...Actually, I never had any courses of bookbinding, but kept taking advices from professionals here and there (whenever I caught the chance, lol), until finding my way through it. And by now, sure, I come up with few techniques for this and that that help me through. ;)

If you ever need any help, advice or anything of the sort and feel I could help, feel free to note me anytime...I will be more than glad to answer to any question and help if I can. Actually, for someone like you, it will be a pleasure. :)
Space-bag Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
amazing work i must say, do you have anymore available for purchase?
Maylar Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, glad you like it. Yeah, I can make you one if you would like to...just contact me over notes if you are interested :)
syarali00 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
so freaking awesome
Maylar Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much! :)
flameshaft Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
So well done!!!! I'm jealous of your talents~
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